By MADELINE HUGHES
This Sunday night, a month-long project to replace sewer lines begins on Falls Road.
Chris Robinson, Shelburne water quality superintendent, said that only local traffic will be allowed between the hours of 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. Digging starts at 8:30 p.m. in the Shelburne Inn shopping area parking lot because businesses in that area stay open the latest in the road work zone.
In order for the project to proceed, the entire road will be dug up and remain as gravel through the duration of the construction, Robinson said. At the end of the project, it will be paved over.
The road will be open during the day, with businesses maintaining normal hours. The project is set to take just over a month. In the first week, night work will focus on the stretch ending at the village shopping center, Robinson said. The project will finish with work near the cemetery.
The disruption is necessary as part of the town’s ongoing work to upgrade water and sewer infrastructure, Robinson explained. Crews will be putting in a new main line for water and sewer customers. Then in four to five weeks, another four nights of work on this section of Falls Road will be done to tie customers into the new main line.
“The benefits of night construction are trying to minimize any interruptions with businesses and hopefully speed up the project a bit,” he said.
Joe Krupa, the project engineer with Aldrich and Elliot, assured access to the various properties along Falls Road will be maintained at all times. There will be a temporary access for Shelburne Wood residents during night construction, he said.
Robinson suggests motorists get onto U.S. Route 7 as far south as possible, and using Church Street to access the shopping center.
This work was approved in 2016 with a $3 million bond for water and sewer infrastructure improvements. This summer’s work accounts for $2 million of that spending that the town received through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund. That fund allows for a low-interest loan, which the Wastewater Department, funded by users, will pay back over 20 years.
Robinson is available to answer questions at crobinson@
shelburnevt.org and 985-3700.
Online construction updates will be done at bit.ly/shelburneroads.